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Old January 4, 2014, 08:41 AM   #1
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gunvault minivault problem

so i've got a gunvault minivault standard safe

does NOT have the finger print sensor


as of a few days ago, i can put in my code, the green light blinks like normal, but the latch doesn't unhinge and open the door. the code is correct and i've checked to make sure that nobody else has tried to change it or get into it by putting in a bad code. i then changed the code to something else and this still happens

the safe still opens like normal w/the key, but it's a pain in the butt to have to do that every time as compared to the normal way of putting in the access code.

anybody know what the problem is?
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Old January 4, 2014, 08:53 AM   #2
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I had the same problem with mine. I think I slightly bent the latch and then tested like crazy. It hasn't recurred. You using batteries? Power?
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Old January 4, 2014, 10:25 AM   #3
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Do you hear the motor actuate? If so, the odds are good that the cable between the motor and the latch is broken. It is very, very common. They claimed to have fixed the problem some years ago... they apparently lied.
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Old January 4, 2014, 12:18 PM   #4
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I don't hear the motor actuating at all and it is on a new battery
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Old January 6, 2014, 06:46 PM   #5
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That sounds like some other kind of issue. Even with a broken cable you can clearly and easily hear the motor whir each time.

Good luck, their customer service is notoriously horrendous.
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Old January 6, 2014, 07:07 PM   #6
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I had had an issue with the wires from the battery pack getting pinched when replacing the batteries. This didn’t prevent my unit from working, but if they wore enough I’m sure it could cause an issue.
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Old January 6, 2014, 07:16 PM   #7
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Huh. I had that one time, held the door in just a titch as I entered the code and it popped right open. Batteries were too weak to overcome the spring tension.
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Old February 19, 2014, 10:34 AM   #8
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new gunvault came in the mail yesterday

worked great for about 3 hrs. then the motor stopped working AGAIN
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Old February 22, 2014, 10:04 AM   #9
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Get rid of the electronics if you want increased reliability.

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Old February 22, 2014, 10:54 AM   #10
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Isn't that lock electronic also?
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Old February 22, 2014, 01:35 PM   #11
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Isn't that lock electronic also?
No. All mechanical and you can find several brands of handgun safes that use this style lock. If you ever do wear one out, just replace the lock. You will pay a little more, but you will buy it once.
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Old February 22, 2014, 02:52 PM   #12
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I've got a 'handgun box' (that was the brand name) that's more than twenty years old, and uses the Simplex mechanical lock. Still works perfectly, and one of the best gun related purchases I've ever made.


The FAS looks very similar; when I'm looking for another safe, that'll be the first stop.


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Old March 3, 2014, 08:46 PM   #13
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A new one ison the way. We shall see how this one will work
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Old March 3, 2014, 10:12 PM   #14
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My gunvault does what you describe every two or three weeks.
That's how long the batteries last !!
Tried several brands.
Polished the latch and tried some light lubrication.
Nothing worked except changing the batteries.
I will never trust the unit.
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Old March 4, 2014, 10:24 AM   #15
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I've got a 'handgun box' (that was the brand name) that's more than twenty years old, and uses the Simplex mechanical lock. Still works perfectly, and one of the best gun related purchases I've ever made.
The FAS looks very similar; when I'm looking for another safe, that'll be the first stop.
Those were very heavy duty safes. The door is 1/4" steel!
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Old March 5, 2014, 12:11 PM   #16
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have never heard of that brand
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Old March 5, 2014, 07:18 PM   #17
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My gunvault is on its second set of batteries in four years. Does your lock actuate of you punch in the code with the door already open?
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Old March 5, 2014, 07:19 PM   #18
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No it doesnt
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Old March 6, 2014, 10:00 AM   #19
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They have been out of business for about the last 10 years. While they were heavy duty, they were also considered very expensive for the time. I'm sure that hurt their sales volume.

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Old March 6, 2014, 11:07 AM   #20
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My gunvault is on its second set of batteries in four years. Does your lock actuate of you punch in the code with the door already open?

I've had mine since January 2009 and never changed the batteries. Unfortunately, the cable inside broke so it's a mute point that the batteries still work. All they do is make a whirring sound now.
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Old March 6, 2014, 11:10 AM   #21
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New one is gonna be delivered some time this afternoon, keeping my fingers crossed
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Old March 10, 2014, 08:32 PM   #22
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Mine got stuck I messed with it for hours and finally just took a big ass pry bar to it and got my goodies out, threw the safe in the dumpster
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Old March 16, 2014, 03:25 PM   #23
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Listening to all the problems of the broken wires with gunvaults drove me to the FAS safes shown above. Very nice and mechanical. It seems like a quite reliable design.
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Old March 16, 2014, 04:00 PM   #24
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Had the new one for a week now, no probs yet
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Old March 16, 2014, 04:07 PM   #25
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Mine started the whirling sound last night... Sucks...
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